Germany Very Optimistic on Economic Outlook

German business confidence unexpectedly rose to a record high in October after falling for two months in a row, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting that Europe’s largest economy had started the fourth quarter on a solid footing.The Munich-based Ifo economic institute said its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 116.7 from an upwardly revised reading of 115.3 in September. The reading was higher than a Reuters consensus forecast for a value of 115.2.“Companies are very optimistic about the months ahead. They also upwardly revised their very favorable assessments of the current business situation,” Ifo chief Clemens Fuest said in a statement. “Germany’s economy is powering ahead.”

Source: German Ifo business morale rises to all-time high in October – Reuters

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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